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Aug 31, 2010 8:00pm EDT
in the bill of rights of virginia. i am happy to say that because i teach in virginia. i am very proud of that. when i am asking for is a double request. reassert our commitment to the first amendment. throughout history, it has shown that it is a very valuable part of what the u.s. is about. in fact, i think this is one of the major attractions of the u.s. to immigrants who leave their countries. they truly believe that in this country, they can have a free and dignified being the they have missed elsewhere. the supreme court throughout the years has elaborated and emphasized the basic principles of the first amendment. chief justice rehnquist emphasizes that political devices cannot serve to invalidate otherwise permissible conduct. whatever we might feel about the person -- person sitting next to us, they have rights. even if we politically disagree, that is no reason to be a in a way that would infringe on those rights. furthermore, the first amendment's -- first amendment states that the powers of the government should reach actions only and not opinions. it is wonderful that we could all
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Sep 13, 2010 8:00pm EDT
] [inaudible] thank you, much better. i am joined by my colleague bob goodlatte from virginia. i will be joined by our colleagues who are also assisted by a very able counsel. at the outset the house recognizes what an extraordinary proceeding this is and how seldom an impeachment is undertaken. this is a reflection of several things, that the men and women nominated for the federal bench. they have not given cause for their removal from office. emoval from office. i think it's also a tribute to the confirmation process that does a good job in vetting out those who are not suitable for the bench. and i also think it's a reflection of how infrequently the house believes this extraordinary remedy is required. i won't spend much time this morning in discussing the standard for impeachment, the content of high crimes and misdemeanors. there'll be time for that later. more than that, i think the members of this committee understand that standard probably better than i or anyone else could articulate. but i will share at least in my view one of the formulations i think house and senate have arrived o
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